Even though immigration is the most significant social and demographic issue shaping the nation’s future, Democrats have made it unequivocally clear that they want to keep the American people in the dark about its impact on society. In response to the inclusion of a question on the 2020 Census about citizenship, Democrats have filed a lawsuit to prevent such a question from being asked, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer labeled the idea as nothing short of a desecration of the Constitution. “The Census, written about and hallowed in the Constitution, is being distorted by this administration for political purposes,” he charged.
Determining how many non-citizens are living in the United States is clearly not okay with congressional Democrats. But for 17 (and counting) Senate Democrats, using the Census to take a deep dive into people’s sexual orientation and gender identities is an absolute must. Last week they introduced The Census Equality Act, which would require multiple Census questions about these matters. Oddly, the prime sponsors of the bill, Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Tom Carper (Del.) are among the most adamant opponents of asking about people’s citizenship.
The data sought by The Census Equality Act may well be legitimate and useful information to have. But clearly having reliable (albeit anonymous) information about how many non-citizens live in our country, where they live, and the impact they have on the economy and vital social institutions is even more important.
One can only assume that the people who oppose asking questions about citizenship are afraid of having the American people know the answers.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform.